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Avoiding Plagiarism

Citing a text does not infringe copyright, it is an exception to copyright. But credit must be given to the author(s), otherwise, it can be regarded as plagiarism.

Plagiarism can be defined as the appropriation of works, words or ideas of other persons without giving proper credit, which means citing correctly and completely the source. It means, concretely, using quotation marks to distinguish clearly what belongs to you and what belongs to the author you cite and giving all necessary information to identify the source properly.

This also applies if the author is yourself. Citing your previous works incorrectly is autoplagiarism.

Like many higher education institutions, the Graduate Institute uses anti-plagiarism software (Turnitin), and students convicted of plagiarism can be excluded from the Institute. If you have questions concerning the use of Turnitin at the Institute, you can contact